A Tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (with the kids!)

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On our recent trip to London while exploring the city with the kids, I came to a realization that we were minutes from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and that in all the many times I've visited, I've never been. A Shakespeare fan since high school, I really wanted to visit the home of all his early works. One caveat: my kids were with me.  Would they make it through the 45 minute tour? And I had my niece. It would be a daring feat, but I was determined to try. A bit of history about the theatre: It was up and running in 1599 and Shakespeare started to have … [Read more...]

Exploring London with the Kids

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We just finished a week in London.  We actually come here every year to visit family, but we always look forward to the trip.  One year we spent time seeing the major tourist sites, like the Changing of the Guard, the London Eye, another year we visited the Science Museum and took a bike ride in Camden Lock.  I've posted a about prior trips to London on Traveling Mom: Where to Eat with Kids in London A Day at London’s Science Museum Exploring the London Museum of Jewish Life with Kids London’s Restaurants for Traveling Moms London on a … [Read more...]

A “Zen” Family Stay at the Hempel Hotel in London

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Tucked away in the beautiful Notting Hill section of London lies a jewel of a hotel, and what you might find a surprisingly child-friendly place to stay. The Hempel is a breath of fresh air for any family wanting a bit of an escape from the excitement and business of London.  Instead of staying in a typical London hotel and getting very little space for your money, The Hempel offers full-size apartments with plenty of space for everyone to spread out and relax after exploring the city.  Best of all, it's located right next to Hyde Park and Notting Hill … [Read more...]

Two Great London Spots with Kids

London Science Museum

One of the best things about London (there are so many) is that all its museums are free.  So, true, while London is not a cheap city, this is one of the many perks about it (others being its amazing architecture, theater, shopping, parks - shall I go on?).  Not only are the museums are free, but they are some of the finest in the world.  May they continue to be free so that everyone who lives and visits can continue to visit and explore each one.   London's Science Museum is no exception - it is indeed magnificent.It was founded in 1857 as part of the … [Read more...]

Where I’ve Been Lately and Why I Travel with Kids

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I haven't been publishing many posts lately, if you haven't noticed.  The reason being that I was away on holiday in Europe for nearly three weeks.  We spent a few days with my sister-in-law and her family in London; we had my father-in-law's unveiling in Manchester; and we had my nephew's Bar Mitzvah all weekend, also in Manchester.  However, we did manage to squeeze in extra time in London and a week in France, and I'll be writing a lot about our trip, particularly to Paris, in the coming week.   It was really hard to blog while traveling, as much as I … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: Royal Memories

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1977 Queen's Silver Jubilee, Manchester From left to right: Cecil Fink (my father-in-law who was Mayor of Trafford), Queen Elizabeth, Phillip the Duke of Edinburgh, Shirley Fink (my mother-in-law) … [Read more...]

Royal Wedding Coverage: Where to Eat and Stay with Kids in London

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The article below was originally posted on TravelingMom.com.  I am re-posting it here for people about to embark on the city for the Royal Wedding.  If you have kids, you’ll be interested in some things we learned last summer. In addition to the article, I want to elaborate on where to eat and stay.  I spent a year living in London after college, and we go as a family every year, so I have traveled both on a budget and as a family in the grand city rather.  While I will admit that eating in London can be quite expensive, it doesn’t have to … [Read more...]

Royal Wedding Coverage: Visiting London with Kids

Changing of the Guard

This article was originally printed on TravelingMom.com.  I am reprinting to assist families getting ready to embark on the town during the Royal Wedding.  If you are traveling with kids, you might find this information useful, especially since it is only one year old.   I spent a week in the grand city with my kids last summer, and here is what I wrote:   London has so much to offer kids.  The trick is actually choosing what to do and where to go, particularly when you’re there for a specified amount of time. On our recent … [Read more...]

Visiting London During the Royal Wedding

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In salute to the Royal Wedding about to occur in the UK, I am repeating an article that originally ran on TravelingMom.com called "10 ways to See London on the Cheap". If you are one of the lucky ones about to embark on the city for this once-in-a-lifetime event, you are going during a high tourist time so you'll need some tips from someone in the know.  We hit London every year, visiting family and friends, and I once lived in the wonderful town.  In addition, my mother-in-law is a royal family enthusiast, so if you have any questions about either … [Read more...]

Traveling Mom: Our recent visit to London

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We recently spent some time in London.  While I did have Internet access in the room, I didn't have my laptop with me, and there was never enough time to blog.  It was difficult to not blog for several weeks while we were away. We go to the UK every year to visit family and friends.  We rarely ever have time to do anything touristy, and I have often longed to venture into the West End or Chelsea to do some sight-seeing.  This time, instead of running around between family and friends, I opted for a few real days out in the city.  I decided that I … [Read more...]